Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TWD - Lennox Almond Biscotti


This week’s TWD recipe is chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino and is Lennox Almond Biscotti – the Lennox part is the name of the bakery where Dorie got the recipe from.

I have made biscotti before, but it is one of those things (of which there are very few) where the bought stuff in my view is often as good as the home made. Although, in saying that, you do have to be choosey as too often I think cafes have stale biscotti which has been sitting there for ages! I particularly like Molly Whoppy and 180 degrees biscotti (especially the chocolate dipped!). The biscotti recipes I have made in the past have all just had eggs as the only fat. Dorie’s recipe used butter as well, which has made me think twice about those times when I am in a café and decide on a piece of biscotti as a low fat nibble - there may be hidden butter in there after all.

The original recipe is flavoured with almond essence and almonds. There is also a small amount of cornmeal for extra crunch. Dorie makes some suggestions for different flavours. My favourite biscotti is chocolate and almond, so I decided to make that. Although after making the recipe, I turned the page of my book and saw a recipe for chocolate and almond biscotti and so I have kind of made almost two Dorie recipes in one go!

The biscotti turned out to be some of the best biscotti I have made. It was lovely and crisp, yet not so hard that you broke a tooth when eating it. Other biscotti I have made in the past has been hard to slice for the second baking or hasn’t crisped up successfully on the second bake. This biscotti was prefect in every way and I will be making this recipe again! Next time I think I will make ginger and almond, adding some preserved ginger for an extra kick.

You can find the recipe on Gretchen’s blog and see if the other TWDers liked it too here.

28 comments:

CB said...

Chocolate and almond?? YUM! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Engineer Baker said...

Ginger sounds like a wonderful add. I agree - these had the perfect texture, not too dense.

The Food Librarian said...

Your biscotti looks perfect! I love the combo of chocolate and almond!

kim said...

yay for chocolate! :) glad you liked them... i have yet to make mine ;)

Morven said...

This sounds like a must try. I've been using Annabel Langbein's orange, pistachio and fennel flavoured recipe but it's a little on the crunchy side.

~Kimberly said...

Yours look delicious! I am making mine tonight! I love biscotti so I hope I have the same success as you!

noskos said...

Great looking biscotti!! Might try the chocolat next time.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

a delicious combo, of course! speaking of the butter content, i think if i make them again, i'll leave out a tablespoon or two. :)

Di said...

I really want to try a chocolate version. I put chocolate pieces in one of my batches, but I want the whole chocolate experience. I saw the recipe on the next page too, and figured I should wait until we get to it. =)

Jules Someone said...

That looks really tasty. I wonder about chocolate, orange, and almond.....

Snooky doodle said...

hmm chocolate and almond are a great combo. Yummy these look great for a morning , lunch afternoon and evening nibble :)

Cakelaw said...

I do like the chocolate and almond version, but chocolate and ginger - KAPOW! I love it! Had a laugh at the name "Molly Whoppy" it's so cute.

Lori said...

what great looking biscotti! it made my mouth water.

Prudy said...

What a winning flavor combo! Delicious!

Karen said...

Yum! chocolate!! Love it!!

chocolatechic said...

Next time, this girl is making chocolate.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Delicious job on these! They look great! Thanks for participating!

Madam Chow said...

I agree - these were wonderful, and I think it has set me off an a major biscotti baking binge.

Qataria said...

Your biscotti look(s) tasty!
I've never had chocolate biscotti. Must try!

Peggy said...

OH I love the sound of chocolate and almonds together for these. Good idea! You made beautiful biscotti.

Melissa said...

Your biscotti looks delicious! The chocolate sounds amazing!

AmyRuth said...

Chocolate, dark chocolate is there any other. I thought not until I tried the "Almond Extraordinare." However, chocolate is definitely still my number 1. That will be next on the Top 10 List.

Great Photos and thanks for the good ideas.
I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit, thank you.
AmyRuth

Rigby said...

Everything's better with butter.... :) Glad you liked the recipe! :)

Pamela said...

Yum! Chocolate and almond! It looks so delicious and like it would be perfect with my cup of tea.

Anne said...

Yum- that looks perfect and I love the chocolate addition!

pinkstripes said...

I loved this recipe. It was so good and easy. I love your chocolate variation. Yum!

Heather B said...

Chocolate almond! yum! Great combo!

Andrea said...

Yours looks great. I love playing with recipes but I like to try it at least once as suggested!